The 2016 Castle Peak 100k course will be even more dramatic and challenging than last year’s run. Working with our land partners, we have be able to add some more of the best single track trails in the Truckee-Tahoe area to the route.
We have eliminated the 12-mile start on the Commemorative Emigrant Trail in order to add more climbing and ridge running. The race, still point-to-point, will now start much closer to Truckee, at the Prosser Hill OHV staging area.
After a mile on dirt road to settle in, runners will commence climbing The Animal and Prosser Hill, before proceeding along Carpenter Valley to Tahoe Donner. This year, the course takes runners into Tahoe Donner’s scenic Euer Valley prior to the climbing up to Drifter Hut.
After descending Johnson Canyon (aka Negro Canyon) and headed west on the Donner Lake Rim Trail, runners will get to experience the incomparable Warren Lake Loop. This trail is an absolute favorite among local trail runners. The course takes runners “behind” Castle Peak, where they will summit Basin Peak before traversing the ridge to summit Castle Peak.
Also new for 2016 is expanded single track running within Royal Gorge, including a traverse of Razorback Ridge. Rest assured that the (notorious?) 1.25-mile Palisades section at the top of Sugar Bowl Resort remains intact.
Runners will again descend Cold Stream Canyon into the finish at Donner Memorial State Park. Dinner and celebration await finishes at the park.
With these course enhancements, we are seeing 14,000+ feet of climbing and descending over just about 62 miles. The minimum elevation is 5,900 feet and the course tops out near 9,000 feet at Basin at Castle Peaks. Average elevation over the course is 7,300 feet.
Special thanks to all of our very generous land partners who make Castle Peak 100k a possibility!